Calling all Melbournians and Sydneysiders – do you love Tasmanian wine and food, but have never crossed Bass Straight to visit the isle?
Well, VIN Diemen is your chance to experience the island’s internationally renowned produce without leaving your city. But be warned you – once you get a taste of Tassie, you’ll be hooked!
The Sydney event will be held on 12 August at Cell Block Theatre, and the following day, 13 August at the Melbourne Meat Market.
Wine Tasmania CEO, Sheralee Davies, said that while wine will dominate the day – spirits, beer, cider and of course food will also feature in the line-up.
“The key message of VIN Diemen is if you like what you’ve seen, sipped and savoured, then the best way to experience more is by coming to visit,” she said.
“This is the third year for the event and the feedback we’ve had so far has been outstanding. Close to 1,000 people have attended each event and when they fall in love with Tasmania, they fall hard!”
So, what can you expect at VIN Diemen?
Expect slices of Huon Salmon resting on ice and artisan handmade cheese from the Bruny Island Cheese Co. The Tasmanian Food Co. will also serve up delicious dishes like Nichols Ethical Free Range chicken tacos and wasabi-buttermilk chicken wings.
Beer, cider, spirits
Hartshorn Distillery will be there with its range of sheep whey spirits – the first in the world to create this unique product.
Strait Brands will have its Tasmania Pepperberry Vodka and Hazelnut Gin, and the Abel Gin Co. will showcase its Essence and Quintessence gins. There will also be Willie Smith’s range of organic apple ciders and beers from the Bruny Island Beer Co.
All about the wine
Food and brews aside, the star of the show will be Tassie wine, with over 100 drops from 25 producers at VIN Diemen.
And here at Pinosity, we’re very keen to find out what Pinot Noir will be available for tasting.
Sheralee said the diversity of Pinot Noir is the greatest characteristic of the variety.
“There are so many styles of Pinot Noir coming from Tasmania – from the super elegant, restrained wines, to the more robust, full-bodied styles.
“Tasmania’s cooler climate means that every vintage for us is different because we are so influenced by our climate.
“The chance to look at Pinot Noir from the same vineyard, made in the same sort of style, but made over multiple years, and to see how diverse the style is, is an incredible way to experience wine.”
Dalrymple Vineyards winemaker Pete Caldwell is particularly eager to attend VIN Diemen and educate more people on Tasmania produce.
“The event is about sampling your way through the best produce in Tasmania now, but also learning about the philosophy behind the food and wine etc.,” he said.
“The people standing behind the stalls are the producers and winemakers who are out in their boots in the field or vineyards – it’s great that an event like this gives you a chance to meet with the real people behind these brands.”
SHERALEE’S TOP TIPS FOR VIN DIEMEN:
Describe VIN Diemen in three words… cool, tasty, fun
What’s the one thing you should bring to VIN Diemen… an appetite
Don’t go to VIN Diemen without… trying the crayfish and truffle Brie toasties
The thing you must do at VIN Diemen… grab a glass of wine, pull up a seat and enjoy the sounds from our musician Neil Gibson
Everyone loves a competition
While the best will be brought to you at VIN Diemen, it’s just a small taste of the real thing.
That’s why VIN Diemen is offering punters a chance to win a trip for two to Tasmania to experience it first-hand.
When you purchase your ticket on the VIN Diemen website, you will be asked to answer this question for a chance to win:
“In 25 words or less, tell us your favourite Tasmanian food & wine match and why?”
The most creative answer will be chosen. So get to it!